Why do the Blues play Langenbrunner
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02-06-2013, 07:44 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
I understand the need to keep players fresh, but I don't like it when we aren't icing what I consider to be our "best" line-up, which was our opening night line-up with the switch of Redden for Cole.
I said it during Lang's first game, and I have yet to see anything in the other 2-3 games he's played that make me want to recant this statement: He's old. He's slow. He's not doing anything someone else on our bench could be doing better. He doesn't look as hungry as Reaves does, not to mention Porter. We need a 4th line we can depend on to generate energy and be defensively responsible, we don't need to waste spots for PK specialist fill-ins and the like. As long as Sobotka/Reaves/Nichol/Porter are available, three of those four should be playing over Langs.
I get that he's got experience, and he was instrumental in our coaching change/depth last year, but this year, we just don't need him anymore. Move him for a draft pick and be done with it, or stick him in the pressbox and let him know that at this point he's pretty much an assistant coach.
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